The present generation of the Kettlbay family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in Kettleby, a place-name found in Lincolnshire
Early Origins of the Kettlbay family
The surname Kettlbay was first found in Leicestershire
, at Ab Kettleby, a village and civil parish in the Melton district that dates back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 where it was listed as Chetelbi. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
A Roman mosaic and pavement were found beneath the present St. James churchyard, indicating the presence of a villa at that time. And inside St. James Church there is a Norman font, and a memorial to Everard Digby of the Gunpowder Plot. By 1236, records show the place name was listed as Abeketleby which included the Latin word "ab" which means "from." The place name literally means "farmstead or village of a man called Ketil," from the Old Scandinavian personal name
+ "by." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Kettleby is also a deserted medieval village in Lincolnshire
about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) west of Bigby village and this village was also listed in the Domesday Book
as two manors: Kettleby, which was held by Ralph, nephew of Geoffrey Alselin, and Kettleby Thorpe, which was held by Gilbert. Kettleby Hall was later thought to have bee a moated hunting lodge built in the reign of James I.
Early History of the Kettlbay family
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Kettlbay Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Kettlbay include Kettleby, Kettlebie, Ketelbi, Ketylby, Ketilby and others.
Early Notables of the Kettlbay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kettlbay family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Kettlbay were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: James Kettleby, who came to America in 1767; as well as Maria Kettleby, who arrived in Ontario in 1871.